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Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar

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550 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607-3543
+1 510-832-9463
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Luis Obispo, California
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Where do I begin with this major disappointment? Let's just say I spent $48 for just my share of the bill with tip and was still hungry when I left. My sister, her husband, and I ate there and were excited about a veggie place. We ordered the deviled eggs and bruschetta for appetizers. The deviled eggs, or should I... More 

Thank Courtney C
Towanda, Pennsylvania
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56 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

My husband and I are working our way through the many "all vegan" restaurants in the Bay area. We love Millennium, Shizen, Flacos, Sanctuary, etc. Here is my review of Encuentro divided into the good and the opportunities for improvement. We'll likely give Encuentro another chance in a few months. The good: *Appetizers - tostada, pecan pate, and salad *Desert... More 

Thank Eatrealfood90
Berkeley, California
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230 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016

A number of friends and family members are vegan or vegetarian. Finding a restaurant that satisfies vegans while also satisfying omnivores is not easy. Encuentro offers many vegan dishes, and both vegetarian and vegan versions of many of their menu items. I had eaten there perhaps a year or two ago, thought the food was good, and that the place... More 

Thank Andreas G
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Its been on my to-go list for a while now, and I finally made it there. The food is beautifully presented, and tastes amazing. Loved the crostini with smoked pecan pate appetizer. The gnocchi which seems to be the most popular dish was good, but it was the chickpea socca that I found truly special. It came with yogurt and... More 

1 Thank 3nvi
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2016

Amazing food. Hard to pick one favorite dish. Our table shared almost the whole menu and every dish was to die for. Get dessert! Can't wait to go back to Oakland to eat there again. Good place to impress nonvegans.

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89 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

We had dinner for eight on a Sunday evening. The table was ready for us. The server was friendly and very helpful, especially to those who are not keen with vegan food or who had dietary restrictions. The bar serves wine and beer; no mixed drinks. No soup is on the menu. Portions are ample and very tasty.

1 Thank Ira G
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016

It's what they eat in heaven. Everything was delicious and it was the kind of place where you are so stuffed you feel uncomfortable but you want to keep eating. Expensive but worth it. I loved the gnocchi, the smoked pecan pate (all the wonderful flavor of meat pate but without the greasy heavy taste) I understand that the menu... More 

Thank snitter
Dublin, Ireland
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152 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2016

Short menu. Stunning menu. Service stunning. Prices reasonable. Presentation Outstanding. Atmosphere most enjoyable. For a meat eater this is somewhere I would highly recommend to get a taste for the other side. Exquisite experience that really grabs your taste buds. Couldn't say enough about it. Fantastic. My 1 x vegan and 1 x vegetarian companions totally raved about the food... More 

3 Thank StephenCr0ss
Berkeley, California
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016

This place is way out of my budget but we went with my bf's parents so we were able to splurge. Everything was really, really good. They had plenty of gluten free options. Everything on the menu is clearly labeled which is so incredibly helpful for those with food allergies. I had the gnocchi - very good! The desserts were... More 

2 Thank Rosy E
Alameda, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 27, 2016

Elegant, friendly, my favorite place for special occasions. I have been there several times and no sour notes on anything I or my companions ordered. Creative truly delicious all-vegan menu.

1 Thank RMSmiler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607-3543
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 510-832-9463

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?